WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump issued another warning to North Korea on Friday with a reference to American weapons as being “locked and loaded.”
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump wrote on Twitter, a day after his defense secretary said the United States was ready to counter any threat from Pyongyang. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Former President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice admitted on Thursday that, over the course of Obama’s two terms in office, his administration failed to stop the communist North Korean government from building its nuclear weapons capability.
“You can call it a failure,” Rice told CNN. “I accept that characterization of the efforts of the United States over the last two decades.” But she also said other administrations were not able to put a stop to it.
The Washington Examinerreported on the interview, noting that Rice served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and was Obama’s top national security adviser from 2013 to 2017.
“She said each administration has tried a range of measures, from sanctions and pressure, cooperation with China, and ‘other methods that we shouldn’t speak about on television,’ to no avail,” the Examiner reported.
U.S. households collectively have more than $1 trillion in credit-card debt
American consumers just hit a scary milestone.
They now collectively have the most outstanding revolving debt — often summarized as credit card debt — in U.S. history, according to a report Monday released by the Federal Reserve. Americans had $1.021 trillion in outstanding revolving credit in June 2017. This beats the previous record in April 2008, when consumers had a collective $1.02 trillion in outstanding credit revolving credit.
“This record should serve as a wake-up call to Americans to focus on their credit card debt,” said Matt Schulz, a senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com, a credit card website. “Even if you feel your debt is manageable right now, know that you could be one unexpected emergency away from real trouble.”
For the first time since the Great Recession, lenders have given more consumers with sub-prime, or below average, credit scores, access to credit cards, but they are giving them lower spending limits, according to the credit reporting agency TransUnion TRU, +0.15% .
The New York Federal Reserve released a new report Wednesday that showed U.S. collective household debt balances totaled $12.73 trillion in March 2017, surpassing the 2008 peak of $12.68 trillion.
This isn’t the first debt milestone Americans have hit recently. The Federal Reserve announced in April that the U.S. had $1 trillion in credit-card debt. (Consumers hit that number previously in the fourth quarter of 2016, but had eased on their use of revolving credit during January 2017. The Fed announcement showed revolving consumer credit hit more than $1 trillion once again in February 2017 and has continued to climb.)
This year, total household debt — including housing, auto loans and student-loan debt — in the U.S. also surpassed the 2008 peak. While the debt level is similar to 2008, the things Americans are buying on credit have changed, as household incomes have increased in recent years, and housing prices and stock prices have improved.
Compared with 2008, fewer borrowers have housing-related debt and, instead, more have taken on auto and student loans.This is backed up by previous research: Student loans have made it harder for younger consumers to buy homes; plus, lower housing prices are also tied to higher student loan default rates.)
The New York Federal Reserve’s report also showed debt delinquencies of 90 days or more have mostly improved since 2008, except for student loans. About 10% of student loan balances are 90 days or more delinquent, according to the New York Federal Reserve’s analysis.
Here’s how the numbers stack up for indebted Americans in 2017: Housing-related debt is down nearly $1 trillion since the 2008 peak, but auto loan balances are $367 billion higher, and student loans are a whopping $671 billion higher, according to the Federal Reserve.
Although housing debt has decreased since 2008, mortgages still make up the bulk of the debt total, at 67%, as of 2016.
Previous Fed studies have shown Americans struggle with their auto debt, which often has high interest rates. The number of subprime auto loans that have fallen into delinquency hit their highest level since 2010 during December 2016. At that time, nearly 6 million people were at least 90 days late on their payments. That is similar consumer behavior to what was seen just before the 2007 – 2009 recession, experts said.
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Nearly a quarter of the adults the Fed surveyed in 2016 said they or their spouse purchased or leased a new or used car or truck in the last year. About two-thirds of them took out a loan to do so. And 12% of those who used loans had a longer repayment period than the amount of time they even planned to own the vehicle.
Another trend: Older Americans are taking on a greater share of debt than in years past. Those ages 60 and older held 22.5% of total household debt in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 15.9% in 2008 and 12.6% in 2003. Although much of that debt is likely due to mortgages, it’s also possible they are shouldering more student loan debt than in the past, for their children and grandchildren. There were nearly 2 million borrowers between the ages of 50 and 64 who took on “Parent PLUS” loans, the loans the government offers parents, in 2015, up from about 1 million in 2005. Another 200,000 borrowers over the age of 65 also have them.
Credit card debt and auto loan debt balances for people ages 60 and older have also risen since 2008, whereas credit card debt for those 59 and younger has fallen. The Fed, when describing that phenomenon, said lending standards have tightened since the recession, and those who are older may also be more creditworthy.
Although that may make young Americans breathe a sigh of relief, it’s still potentially dangerous, as high levels of debt could mean older Americans don’t have enough money saved for retirement. Indeed, the average American couple has only $5,000 saved for retirement, and only a third of working Americans are saving money in an employer-sponsored or tax-deferred retirement account.
The Fed did find some good news, though. Largely because of tougher underwriting standards for mortgages, the Americans holding debt have higher credit scores than in the past. As of 2016, 41.3% of Americans’ total debt is held by people with high credit scores, above 760. That’s compared with 33.9% in 2008 and 23.7% in 2003. And a smaller share is held by those with lower scores, below 620. Some 13.2% of debt in the fourth quarter of 2016 was held by those with scores below 620, compared with 19% in 2008 and 16.6% in 2003. (Auto loans still have “looser standards,” the Fed found.)
Lending to people who are unlikely to pay debts back can have disastrous effects, from keeping families in debt for years to ruining their credit scores, which makes it more difficult for them to borrow responsibly in the future.
WEB Notes: I know what you are thinking, this is a joke. Nope, not a joke. Clinton wants to become a pastor and why am I not surprised? This fits in perfectly in these end times. Even if Clinton could spell “Bible” she certainly does not apply it to her life. That is not a judgement, that is a fact. This woman supports and promotes the homosexual agenda which is clearly contrary to God. Do not call yourself a man or woman of God and then not stand for God, that only makes you a fool and the bigger fool is the one who listens to the babbler speak. What does God say about false teachers? Let us find out…
2 Peter 2:1-2 1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
2 “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”
Jeremiah 23:21 21 “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.”
2 John 1:10 10 “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:”
What doctrine? God’s Word, the truth and I mean all of it. Not just the parts that might make one “popular“.
2 John 1:11 11 “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Hillary Clinton has written a foreword for a book inspired by devotionals that pastor Bill Shillady prepared for her during the presidential campaign, and she is considering speaking out more on a topic she has long held private: religion.
“Hillary Clinton wants to preach,” begins a piece in The Atlantic by Emma Green, relaying a comment from Shillady. Clinton has been discussing going into ministry, and Shillady thinks the former first lady could definitely do what he does.
“Given her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people, she’d make a great pastor,” Shillady said.
Newsweek‘s Kenneth Woodward also broached this topic when he revealed that Clinton talked “all the time” about becoming an ordained minister in the 1990s. She asked Woodward not to divulge her secret, however.
(Natural News) When hermit monk Brother Simon reappeared at the farmer Farrin’s market after not being seen for seven years, people thought they were seeing a ghost. After realizing that Brother Simon was, in fact, alive and well, people started asking him how he managed to survive completely off grid. “I used the knowledge of our wilderness which I learned from my father…When God created the world, He made it flourish with beautiful and edible plants,” Brother Simon said humbly. “My vow was to eat only edible roots. The past seven years have tested my understanding of my father’s lessons.”
Brother Simon then listed 10 edible roots that he personally ate to survive.
Arrowroot – As the name suggests, the plant has leaves that are shaped like arrows. Arrowroots like to grow around muddy areas. They may look small, but they actually have an extensive root system. The roots can be yellowish or white (resembling a parsnip) but with constricted rings down its length. The tubers are starchy and can help people feel full longer. Before you boil the roots though, make sure to remove the scales.
Cattail – More known as the small bulrush, this rhizome grows abundantly along the temperate northern hemisphere. You’ve probably seen a bunch of these plants along the edges of lakes and marshes. Most parts of the plant are edible, but Brother Simon says that the rootstock is the most nutritious and filling. He says that the rhizome can be eaten raw or boiled. The roots can even be roasted until they are black. The inside flesh is then eaten as a snack.
Chicory – This plant grows quite fast, and is sometimes considered to be a weed. They are easily distinguished by their white and slightly blue flowers. Each part of the plant can be eaten, but it is recommended to boil the root before eating it. Taking chicory raw can cause some gastrointestinal issues.
Dandelion – We all think of dandelions as weeds, but this backyard plant has many medicinal properties. The plant can be enjoyed in many ways; maybe you remember your own grandmother adding the flower to salads or making the leaves into a refreshing tea. The roots of the dandelion are also highly nutritious and can stave off hunger during emergencies. (Related: 14 Reasons To Become Obsessed With Dandelions.)
Flowering Rush – Many botanists consider this plant to be an invasive species; thus making it a weed in many people’s eyes. Still, the small plant with bright pinkish blooms can be found near bodies of water. Once they are pulled out, they are revealed to have a thick, fleshy root which can be peeled and boiled like a potato.
Jerusalem Artichoke – This is one of the easiest plants to spot due to their bright yellow flowers. Brother Simon said that the root should be harvested around two weeks after the flowers begin to fade. One of the ways he enjoyed eating the root of the Jerusalem artichoke was as a soup.
Milk Thistle – This is a popular plant used in homeopathy and naturopathic medicine. The plant contains various antioxidants that promote liver health and weight loss. It has also been noted to reduce the symptoms of asthma. To gain their full benefits, it is best to boil them. You can easily identify them by their violently purple flower with unique leaves that have milky-white veins running through them.
Nut Grass – This is another plant that thrives along the edges of marshes and ponds. The root of this plant can be taken raw, but it is best consumed when boiled and peeled. Nut grass is a favorite among traditional Chinese healers, who call the plant, Xiang Fu or Sha Cao. It is typically prescribed as an antidote for various skin diseases like insect bites and ringworms. It can also be used to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux.
Wild Onion – A bulb that you can easily find in woodlands or fields is the wild onion. “There are several varieties, but all have a distinct ‘onion’ odor — if it smells like an onion it’s safe,” said Brother Simon. “If it looks like an onion but doesn’t smell like one, it may be toxic.” These bulbs can be eaten raw or cooked.
As you can see, these are plants that you would not give second notice to, but are actually very useful. Preppers should take note of these plants and learn how to spot them around their own neighborhood. You can learn more when you visit Survival.news. For a more in-depth review of other edible plants, visit NaturalPedia.com.
The number one way for medical doctors to ensure that their patients don’t consume organic food and natural supplements to prevent and cure diseases is to convince them that all of their health problems are inherited. Whether the lies are funneled down to these MDs from the American Medical Association, or the doctors simply know that pushing chemical pills and surgery are the biggest bread winners, it’s all just one big insidious plot to keep people in the dark about natural remedies that could heal their ills and save them from the medical industrial complex of the USA.
Think about it: How can all these preventable diseases and disorders be hereditary all of a sudden if they didn’t exist a century ago? Did your parents’ genes and grandparents’ genes suddenly change and become mutated and dysfunctional in a couple of generations?
There’s a reason every single medical doctor has you fill out a questionnaire every single time you walk into a doctor’s office or hospital, even though they already have everything on file on their computer system. You see, they have to remind you with several questions that you have a “family history” of medical problems that contribute to your current issues, so that when you get diagnosed, you’ll succumb to the “modern” way of treating symptoms with useless pharmaceuticals and surgery. The MDs throw around the word “genetic,” even though everything is always genetic, having to do with our genes, yet most diseases and disorders are not hereditary. Therein lies the con.
From clogged blood to mutated cells, and from dehydration to inflammation, junk science food and toxic medicine are breeding more health problems for Americans than ever before, and all the quack MDs are blaming your inherited genes. How many genetically modified organisms, pathogens, parasites, pesticides, fluoridated products and bleached foods must you consume before you figure out it’s your diet, not your genes, that has you suffering?
Learn more now about the top six health disorders in America that are rarely ever inherited
#1. Alzheimer’s – Alzheimer’s disease is not caused by genes we receive from our parents, and therefore it is rarely, if ever, inherited. Even if several family members have been diagnosed, there’s no correlation that someone else in the family will develop it. The consumption of aluminum is believed to be a major culprit of this form of dementia. Aluminum is often found in antacids, certain tap water and vaccines, including flu shots.
#2. Cancer – Besides the sexually transmitted kind called HPV (human papillomavirus), cancer is not contagious nor is it inherited. Cancer is a mutation of cells caused mainly by the consumption of chemicals, whether by food, water, medicine, topically or through the environment. It is hypothesized, but not proven, that women who possess the BRCA gene are more prone to “hereditary” breast and ovarian cancers, but more in-depth research is showing that mammogram blasts of ionizing radiation and naked body scanners at the airport both significantly heighten cancer risk. Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NCI) found out that diagnostic use of radiation before age 30 increases breast cancer risk by 90 percent among carriers of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
#3. Heart disease – It may be true that there are some genes we inherit that make us more susceptible to heart disease, but for the most part, the current “epidemic” of heart disease is preventable and curable – but don’t take “low-fat” advice from the American Heart Association! You’re going to want to consume natural fats but avoid processed sugars and avoid refined carbohydrates. Most heart attacks are caused by plaque buildups that cause blockages, so avoid margarine, canola oil and other processed and genetically modified “food stuffs” that coagulate.
#4. High cholesterol – The biggest lies are most likely to be believed, so don’t go thinking you must have chemical medications to lower your cholesterol. Without cholesterol, we all die! Every cell in our body needs cholesterol to function. MDs make everybody paranoid. Cholesterol itself is not a problem, except for when there is an excess in the blood.
#5. Osteoporosis – Fluoride (yes, the kind in tap water) weakens bones and causes osteoporosis, brittle bones and increased fracture rates. In 1986, the Environmental Protection Agency set the maximum contaminant level in water at 4 milligrams per liter, but who’s measuring how much we consume a day? Sodium fluoride also doubles as a powerful insecticide.
#6. Autism – In 2004, the CDC ran research and found out that the MMR vaccine given to African American boys under age 3 led to a massive spike in autism cases. That research was buried until their lead scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed 10 years later. Autism begins after birth and has never been proven to be hereditary.
Weakened immunity and exposure to heavy metal toxins from 60 vaccines by age 7 leads to chronic health conditions our entire lives
Researchers from the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University recently proved that flu shots given to pregnant women weaken immunity for themselves and their babies, and creates high risk of complications from the flu itself. Go figure. On top of that, the flu shot makes you more susceptible to getting the flu the following year. Oops. Bottom line? We’re not all born weak and “infected” with diseases, disorders and bad genes. Don’t let your MD con you into taking chemical medications and toxin-loaded immunizations your whole life. It’s all a chronic sick care ponzi scheme that literally creates autoimmune disorders!
Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017
This bill directs the President to impose sanctions against: (1) Iran’s ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction programs, (2) the sale or transfer to Iran of military equipment or the provision of related technical or financial assistance, and (3) Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated foreign persons.
The President may impose sanctions against persons responsible for violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals in Iran.
The President may temporarily waive the imposition or continuation of sanctions under specified circumstances.
Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017
The President must submit for congressional review certain proposed actions to terminate or waive sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.
Specified executive order sanctions against Russia shall remain in effect.
The President may waive specified cyber- and Ukraine-related sanctions.
The bill provides sanctions for activities concerning: (1) cyber security, (2) crude oil projects, (3) financial institutions, (4) corruption, (5) human rights abuses, (6) evasion of sanctions, (7) transactions with Russian defense or intelligence sectors, (8) export pipelines, (9) privatization of state-owned assets by government officials, and (10) arms transfers to Syria.
The Department of State shall work with the government of Ukraine to increase Ukraine’s energy security.
The bill: (1) directs the Department of the Treasury to develop a national strategy for combating the financing of terrorism, and (2) includes the Secretary of the Treasury on the National Security Council.
Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act
The bill modifies and increases the President’s authority to impose sanctions on persons in violation of certain United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea.
U.S. financial institutions shall not establish or maintain correspondent accounts used by foreign financial institutions to provide indirect financial services to North Korea.
A foreign government that provides to or receives from North Korea a defense article or service is prohibited from receiving certain types of U.S. foreign assistance.
The bill provides sanctions against: (1) North Korean cargo and shipping, (2) goods produced in whole or part by North Korean convict or forced labor, and (3) foreign persons that employ North Korean forced laborers.
The State Department shall submit a determination regarding whether North Korea meets the criteria for designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
(Natural News) Science! Scientists, geologists, agriculturalists, climatologists, astronomers, historians, archeologists, biologists, oncologists and geoscientists are so proud to exclaim that their field of study has research and facts to back up their favorite conversations about climate change, GMOs, vaccines, chemotherapy and infectious disease, but what if they all found out today that the majority of their favorite “evidence-based” data was crafted, scripted, manipulated, twisted and distorted to fit an insidious narrative?
Money can buy just about anything except love, and to doubt that money can buy scripted results for faked science research would be unrealistic. Still, the purveyors of fake science declare that anyone who questions their lies, deception and propaganda is “anti-science” and a “conspiracy theorist,” all in a vain effort to discredit real science and honest journalism.
When a powerful biotechnology corporation creates deadly pesticides that kill worms, beetles, bees, plants, farm animals and people, that business needs fake science to back up their empty claims to farmers and consumers about safety, efficacy and “sustainability.”
When rich politicians want to get richer, they invent Ponzi schemes built on fear, propaganda and faked science research to convince Americans (and the rest of the world that’s dumbed down on fluoridated water and flu shots) that it’s all our fault that the earth is about to overheat and flood, and that we’re all going to starve and suffocate to death if we don’t contribute our hard earned money to some bogus cause made up out of “thin air” (pardon the pun).
When the pharmaceutical chemical-medicine-complex of America wants to gain power and riches from the peons who believe chemicals can cure anything, they simply pay big bucks to shill scientists to forge results in laboratories that are then published as “peer reviewed science” and evidence-based facts, even though it’s all paid-for lies and propaganda. Even though every single medicine advertised on television has side effects that are worse than the condition being treated, the crooks at the FDA are protesting to remove those warnings because it’s confusing to Americans, who simply don’t listen and overlook this sidebar information (that’s delivered subliminally anyway).
If you “love” science but don’t trust big corporations and rogue U.S. regulatory agencies, then ask yourself this question: Who ran those “science-based” tests on that medicine, those diseases and disorders, that pesticide and those weather “conditions?” Who ran and paid for those tests? Was it the very companies, corporations and globalists who stand to profit by the millions and billions of dollars from the masses believing in it all?
Lie #1. The Danish Study, based on bogus research, attempted to show that vaccines were not linked to higher autism rates
A criminal psychiatrist named Dr. Poul Thorsen, who was heavily entrenched in pro-vaccine propaganda with the CDC, fled America with over $2 million in embezzled, phony grants he created (using taxpayer dollars) as he scammed well-known U.S. universities and the CDC. Thorsen is the “author” of the Danish Autism Study (complete myth) that attempted to prove vaccines and autism have no correlation. Using fraudulent data to distort the truth about the dangers of mercury in vaccines, Thorsen was the lead investigator of the fraudulent study to cover up the vaccine-autism link that the CDC already discovered (and buried) in 2004.
Lie #2. The $3 billion Human Genome Project ferreted out the genetic roots of most diseases and disorders
When it comes to preventable diseases and disorders in America, medical doctors just love to tell their victims (patients) that everything that’s wrong with them was inherited from their parents’ genes – that way the patient believes there’s no way to cure their problems with a proper diet and that they must take chemical medications for the rest of their shortened lives just to “treat” the symptoms. The Human Genome Project was a complicated boondoggle that is now used for that same purpose. The multi-billion-dollar epic fail project forced the shilling scientific “community” to falsify results and claim they unlocked all the mysteries of the origins of diseases in humans. Why was the project a huge failure? The bottom line was revealed that humans have only about 20,000 protein-coding genes, roughly the same number as the roundworm.
Lie #3. There is no cure for cancer
The cure for cancer lies in filtering chemicals and pathogens out of your body and out of your daily consumption. That means avoiding chemicals and genetically modified organisms in food, water, medicine, home care, yard care and personal care products. Mountains of research prove that an organic, plant-based diet and supplements like vitamin C and D greatly improve your chances of preventing and curing cancer. Fake science fuels the chronic sick care industrial complex of America and the fake “search for the cure.” Look a little harder and smarter and you’ll find the cure already exists!
Lie #4. Zika virus always causes shrunken head syndrome in newborn babies
What happens when you douse a human water supply with a poisonous pesticide, the humans drink it daily for years, and then they have babies? The babies are born deformed. And what happens when globalists (like Bill Gates) want to get richer and depopulate the planet, and they invest in the corrupt vaccine industry? They invent propaganda scare tactics to convince everyone to get more deadly, fertility-destroying vaccines (like Tdap) while spreading more toxic pesticides everywhere. There! You just learned the true story behind the Zika virus scare and fraudulent research. Zika virus is just another “flu,” and it doesn’t cause babies to be born with shrunken heads.
Lie #5. The CDC and their lead scientist Dr. William Thompson, in the early part of this century, studied the safety of mercury in vaccines and found no link to autism.
In the biggest medical discovery cover-up in modern history, the CDC themselves buried the results of a study all but proving that deadly mercury in vaccines causes autism in little boys – mainly African American boys, under age three. An entire team of scientists found out the truth and destroyed the evidence, then altered and skewed the results to fit the corrupt narrative that all vaccines are “safe and effective” – that is, until the lead scientist blew the whistle on the whole thing.
Lie #6. Climate change (global warming) is statistically proven to be caused by human activity and we must give Al Gore our money to fight it
There are some monstrous and insidious ways American racketeers make their fortunes. Those schemes include the pharma-industrial complex, the military industrial complex, and yes, scaring taxpayers into funding Ponzi schemes like global warming. If you are one of those gullible “fish” who bit the bait, it’s time to do a little homework and find out exactly how you got scammed.
(Natural News) A spate of teen suicides going as far back as 2015 has been linked to the Russian Internet game, the Blue Whale Challenge. According to WND.com, the social media game has caused the suicide deaths of hundreds of teenagers the world over. Of those deaths, at least 130 have occurred in Russia alone, with the most recent ones being the suicides of two teenage girls who jumped from the roof of an apartment block.
The creation of 22-year-old Russian psychology major Philipp Budeikin, the Blue Whale Challenge involves participants being contacted by an “administrator” or by searching for #bluewhalechallenge on social media sites. The participants are then tasked to complete a series of challenges in a time span of 50 days. These can range from the mundane, such as drawing a whale on a piece of paper, to the dangerous, like making lengthwise cuts on the participant’s own arm. At the end of the 50-day period, the participants are then asked to commit suicide; those that fail to do so will be threatened by the administrator. The last act is responsible for the name of the game, as it refers to the tendency of whales to beach themselves on purpose, ultimately resulting in their deaths.
In April and May 2016, Budeikin himself was an administrator of several “death groups” on the social media network Vkontakte. Operating under the username Philipp Lis (Fox), he persuaded 17 teenage girls to take their own lives. He was finally caught and detained in June of that same year. At around the same time, 26-year-old postman Ilya Sidorov confessed to state investigators that he was an administrator for the Blue Whale Challenge and that he was in charge of keeping track of the participants’ progress.
When asked if he did indeed encourage teenagers to kill themselves, Budeikin stated: “Yes. I truly was doing that. Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything. Everyone will understand. They were dying happy. I was giving them what they didn’t have in real life: warmth, understanding, connections.
“There are people — and there is biological waste…those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people.”
In July 2017, Budeikin was given a three-year, four-month prison sentence by a Tobolsk court following his admission of guilt.
In spite of his detainment and eventual imprisonment, the suicides have continued, in and out of Russia. One such case is that of Isaiah Gonzales, a 15-year-old Texan teenager who was found by family members hanging in a cupboard. The family stated that a number of Gonzales’ friends was aware that he was participating in the Blue Whale Challenge but didn’t think too much of it.
“They blew it off like it was a joke, and if one of them would have said something, one of them would have called us, he would have been alive,” said Gonzales’ sister.
The covert CIA program training and arming Syrian rebels to fight the government of Bashar al-Assad has been ended by President Trump, U.S. officials tell the Washington Post.
The decision to phase out the Obama-era program was reportedly made by Trump during a White House meeting last month with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
“Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests,” the Post states. “The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power.”
The officials said the move by Trump will not end a similar Pentagon program leveraging Syrian rebel fighters against the Islamic State. Some of the CIA-backed rebels may also be redirected to the Pentagon effort as well.
Trump’s new direction in Syria was followed shortly after by the announcement of a cease-fire in southwest Syria with Russia following his one-on-one with Vladimir Putin. Trump also stated earlier this month the potential for a second cease-fire in the region.
“We are working on the second cease-fire in a very rough part of Syria,” Trump said. “If we get that and a few more, all of a sudden we are going to have no bullets being fired in Syria.”
While some officials speaking to the Post decried Trump’s decision, the program proved highly-controversial since its inception given countless reports revealing so-called “moderate rebels” jihadi ties.
In September 2015 a group of US-backed rebels known as Division 30 were found to have handed their weapons over to Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jahbat al-Nusra only one week after entering the country.
The Free Syrian Army, a group funded and armed by the Obama administration, admitted in 2014 to fighting alongside numerous terrorist organizations in Syria including the Islamic State.
“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun,” Bassel Idriss, commander of an FSA-run rebel brigade, said. “Let’s face it: The Nusra Front is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun and we as FSA would collaborate on any mission they launch as long as it coincides with our values.”
Several factions of the FSA including Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa’im and Aisha were also reported to have pledge their allegiance to the terror group as well.
Agence France-Presse reported in 2014 that moderate rebel groups backed by the White House even went as far as to sign a non-aggression pact with one another in order to rally against the Assad government.
In May of 2015 a declassified government document obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch also revealed the Obama administration moved forward with support for Salafist groups despite predicting it would lead to the rise of an entity like the Islamic State.
“[T]he Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of this strategy, and warned that it could destabilize Iraq,” journalist Nafeez Ahmed wrote. “Despite anticipating that Western, Gulf state and Turkish support for the ‘Syrian opposition’ — which included al-Qaeda in Iraq — could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the document provides no indication of any decision to reverse the policy of support to the Syrian rebels. On the contrary, the emergence of an al-Qaeda affiliated ‘Salafist Principality’ as a result is described as a strategic opportunity to isolate Assad.”
Michael T. Flynn, the former Defense Intelligence Agency director for the Obama administration – who resigned as national security adviser for the Trump administration this year – stated during an interview with Al Jazeera in 2015 that the Obama administration had made a “willful decision” to support terrorist groups in the fight against Assad.
“I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision,” Flynn said.